Vintage Instruments: Gibson Guitars

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1964 Gibson SG Jr.

Introduced in 1961, the SG Jr. replaced the Les Paul Jr. in Gibson’s lineup. The specs of the SG Jr. were virtually unchanged from the earlier LP Jr, but for the thinner and lighter SG body. The early SG-bodied Juniors are incredible guitars, with their snarly and fat P-90 in the bridge position, complete neck access, simple design, and super-light weight. This example tips the scales at a scant 5lbs 3oz.

A completely original guitar in incredible condition, this SG Jr. shows very little playwear to the frets and finish, is light on dings and dents, and plays beautifully. The neck angle is perfect, pickup and electronics are factory-straight, and the early 60’s neck carve is fast and roomy. The nut is a full 1-11/16, and the carve is a low C. Other early features include a steeper headstock angle and original single-line Kluson tuners. The bridge is a look-alike replacement with plain G compensation; the original is included with the guitar.

A wonderfully resonant solid body, with all the tone these things are famous for.

With original brown chipboard case, in similarly clean condition.

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